President Muhammadu Buhari, Tuesday, in Kaduna unveiled Designed-in-Nigeria Mine Resistant Ambush Shielded (MRAP) motor vehicles for Nigerian Army’s counter-terrorism and other functions throughout the country.
The automobiles named Ezugwu MRAP ended up manufactured by the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), an indigenous company, for the Nigerian Army, and launched by the President at the opening ceremony of the 2019 Chief of Military Employees Once-a-year Conference.
Talking on the celebration, President Buhari praised the gallant efforts of the Nigerian Armed Forces in routing terrorists and combating insurgency in the on-heading functions in the North East.
He pledged that his administration will carry on to support the armed service to achieve its plans in addition to prioritising their welfare and that of their households.
On the Ezugwu MRAP, which will be mass-developed by DICON, the President claimed: ‘‘I notice the collaborative efforts of the Command Engineering Depot with appropriate indigenous organisations to promote neighborhood articles towards acquiring our armed service-industrial sophisticated.
‘‘I am glad that the creation of Ezugwu Mine Resistant Ambush Shielded (MRAP) vehicles which I will be unveiling currently will join the infantry patrol vehicles that were before manufactured as testimony that our initiatives are yielding constructive benefits.
‘‘Additionally, your endeavours in terms of capacity creating, instruction and conduct of routines are fairly commendable.
‘‘I am aware that there are on-going discipline workout routines this kind of as Atilogwu, UDO 1, Physical exercise Akpatuma 2 and Work out Crocodile Smile 4, among other civil-armed service cooperation functions.
‘‘These are remarkable efforts geared at maximizing the operational effectiveness of the army as properly as facilitating a conducive security environment for social, economic pursuits to prosper.’’
President Buhari also compensated tribute to armed forces personnel who experienced paid out the supreme sacrifice in defending the sovereignty of the country.
He urged the soldiers to abide by the ethics, ethos and code of carry out of the army, whilst making sure that human rights and international humanitarian regulations are promoted and revered in the carry out of military services functions.
Reaffirming his administration’s solve to do every thing inside its constitutional electric power to make certain the protection and safety of regulation-abiding citizens, President Buhari said: ‘‘This is a determination we have created and will keep on to retain.’’
The President counseled the laudable initiatives of the Main of Military Employees, Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai, in reworking the Nigerian Military.
‘‘He has keyed into the Federal govt Alter Agenda and I especially commend his thrust in the significant areas these kinds of as modern and inventive technique to create military components, infrastructural improvement, restructuring and reorganisations, amongst some others, with substantial final results especially in the on-likely counter-insurgency operations and other operations throughout the region,’’ he reported.
Later, the President inaugurated 44 Nigerian Army Reference Healthcare facility, Kaduna.
The medical center was upgraded to a degree 4 United Nations medical center to cater for the clinical demands of the military services and civilian inhabitants in the country.
In his goodwill concept, Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna explained the Point out was privileged to participate in host to a number of armed service formations, units, schools and establishments, adding that this was valuable in fostering synergy concerning the armed forces and civilians
The governor especially counseled the Nigerian Military for their roles in sustaining peace and safety in Kaduna Condition, enumerating their endeavours at restoring peace and steadiness in Southern Kaduna, in addition to decimating the capacity of cattle rustlers and kidnappers functioning in the state and its environs.
Gov El-Rufai also lauded the military for participating in a vital role in confronting the menace of the outlawed ‘El-Zakzaky movement’, which experienced oppressed the people today of Zaria for the previous 30 many years, as perfectly as a variety of corporate social tasks including health care outreaches and infrastructure interventions in Kaduna State.
In his remarks, the Minister of Defence, Significant Standard Bashir Magashi (Rtd) thanked the President for his constant guidance to the Nigerian Military, adding that the Federal Authorities would go on to support the navy in advance of the last onslaught on Boko Haram in 2020.
‘‘The Nigerian Army has experienced a frantic yr with a ton of operations done to secure the territorial integrity of Nigeria. There is a will need for a critique of actions all through this annual conference to prepare for next year’s ultimate onslaught on Boko Haram,’’ he reported.
Also speaking, Lt. Gen. Buratai emphasised that the existing transformation of the Nigerian Military to its present standing of a specialist, highly-inspired, impressive and people today-centric establishment commenced in 2015 when the President was sworn in for his initial time period in office environment.
According to the army chief, the conference themed ‘‘Application of the Reducing Edge of the Nigerian Army in Tackling Modern Stability Challenges’’, is aimed at assessing initiatives at obtaining the over-all goal of better positioning the Nigerian Military to facial area the task in advance in the yr 2020 and over and above.